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President Obama reaches out to Shirley Sherrod

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President Obama phoned Shirley Sherrod at 12:35 this afternoon.

In a seven minute conversation, the president expressed regret about the events of the last several days.

Here is a statement from The White House:

 

THE WHITE HOUSE

 

Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release                           July 22, 2010

 

READOUT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S CALL WITH SHIRLEY SHERROD

 

The President reached Ms. Sherrod by telephone at about 12:35. They spoke for seven minutes.

 

The President expressed to Ms. Sherrod his regret about the events of the last several days. He emphasized that Secretary Vilsack was sincere in his apology yesterday, and in his work to rid USDA of discrimination.

 

The President told Ms. Sherrod that this misfortune can present an opportunity for her to continue her hard work on behalf of those in need, and he hopes that she will do so.